Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson
29-Year-Old GuardG
Detroit Pistons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jackson played all 82 games for the first time in his career during the 2018-19 campaign. It was a welcome improvement after the point guard had played a total of 97 games across the previous two years. While he improved in his three-point shooting compared to 2017-18, Jackson saw his usage rate dip to a five-year low (24.5%) as Blake Griffin took control of the Pistons' offense. Though Jackson's role is smaller than many other starting point guards, he still provided some nice individual performances last season, racking up 21 games with at least 20 points and 33 games with more than five assists. Still, Jackson's upside heading into his age 29 season is relatively low, and he'll likely drop to the final rounds of most fantasy drafts as a result. But if he can manage to play 82 games for a second consecutive year, he'll be able to provide some nice value. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Pistons in July of 2015.
Struggles in preseason opener
GDetroit Pistons
October 7, 2019
Jackson registered five points (2-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 21 minutes during the Pistons' 115-91 preseason loss to the Magic on Monday.
Jackson scuffled with his shot in his first taste of game action since last April, but he'll have several more exhibitions to straighten out. The veteran point guard will have the capable Derrick Rose looming over his shoulder this season, but Jackson has earned the starting job as the incumbent after averaging a solid 15.4 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds across 27.9 minutes last season while playing all 82 games for the first time in his career.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For the second straight season, Jackson succumbed to a long-term injury that essentially nulled his overall impact in Fantasy leagues for the much of the year. Jackson was limited to just 45 games as a result of a Grade 3 right ankle sprain that kept him off the floor for nearly three months. His final line -- 14.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 three-pointers across 26.7 minutes -- was nearly identical to the year prior when he played just 52 games due to tendinitis in his left knee. He also connected on just 30.8 percent of his three-point attempts, which was nearly five percentage points worse than his two prior seasons. Despite the injuries, Jackson was back to a full workload over the final 12 games of the regular season and should be good to go moving forward. He's currently slotted in as the team's starting point guard and could be a bounce-back candidate if he can stay healthy. The Pistons added Blake Griffin at the trade deadline last year, so he can help take some of the play-making pressure off Jackson's shoulders. Still, Jackson's injury history with tendinitis will once again make him a risky draft pick and he's unlikely to average 30-plus minutes in order to limit his workload and the overall strain on his knee. Jackson's main contribution will continue to be his assist totals, as well as some solid scoring when he's locked in.
Jackson's 2016-17 campaign was a bit of a disaster. He missed the first 21 games of the season due to lingering left knee tendinitis and then was shut down for the final nine games as well with the same injury. That limited him to just 52 contests, where he appeared to regress as an all-around player. Jackson's points (14.5), rebounds (2.2) and assists (5.2) per game were all down from his 2015-16 averages of 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He shot 41.9 percent from the floor and 35.8 percent from the three-point line, both of which were similar to a year prior, though it still wasn't enough to offset his overall disappointment as a Fantasy commodity. The good news for Jackson is that he's heading into the upcoming season at full strength, as he reported back in July that he'll be 100 percent heading into training camp. While Ish Smith had a solid year as the team's backup point guard and the Pistons added Langston Galloway in the offseason, neither appear to be a serious threat to Jackson's playing time, which means the 27-year-old should be back in the top unit at point guard. The addition of Avery Bradley could take away a few shot attempts here and there, but it's unlikely to have a drastic effect and the two should form the team's starting backcourt. Look for Jackson to see a similar workload, which should give him bounce-back potential. That said, due to the recurring nature of tendinitis, Jackson's injury history will be something to consider before selecting him. His name was also floated around in trade rumors, so it's unclear just how committed the Pistons are to Jackson as its long-term solution at point guard.
In his first full season as a starter, Jackson proved he's a reliable fantasy commodity at the point guard position. While he was unable to match the 9.2 assists per game he provided in 27 contests for the Pistons last season, Jackson still ranked 16th in the NBA at 6.2 per game and averaged a career-high 18.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting. The 26-year-old was also a trustworthy three-point shooter, knocking down better than 35 percent of his 4.2 attempts per game. With most of the Pistons' core returning in 2016-17, similar production for Jackson should be expected. Detroit added Ish Smith as a free agent this summer, and while the lightning-fast point guard is a considerable upgrade over Steve Blake off the bench, he shouldn't pose a serious threat to Jackson's workload.
Jackson spent the first three-and-a-half years with the Thunder before being traded to the Pistons at last season's trade deadline. Through 27 games as the starting point guard for the Pistons, Jackson averaged 17.6 points, 1.0 three-pointer, 4.7 rebounds, 9.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 32 minutes per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, 34 percent from three, and 80 percent from the line. The Pistons signed him to a five-year, $80 million extension this summer, making him the unquestioned starter at point guard. Brandon Jennings is still on the team, but he's returning from surgery to repair a torn Achilles suffered in late January. Even if Jennings is healthy enough to play at the beginning of the season, most players who return from Achilles injuries struggle dearly in their first season back. With Greg Monroe no longer clogging up the paint for the Pistons, they'll be utilizing a lot of pick-and-rolls to attack the paint and shooters to open the floor. Jackson flourished during an 11-game stretch when Monroe was out with a knee injury from late-March to early-April last season. During those 11 games, Jackson was the 15th ranked player in fantasy and averaged 20.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 10.8 assists in 32 mpg.
Jackson had a breakout season in 2013-14, averaging career highs in minutes (29), points (13.1), assists (4.1), rebounds (3.9), and steals (1.1) in 80 games. He emerged as an integral part of Oklahoma City's rotation, especially during the middle of season when he filled in admirably for an injured Russell Westbrook. Once Westbrook returned, Jackson's role naturally decreased, but his high-energy play on both ends of the court forced coach Scott Brooks into giving the guard significant minutes anyway. Jackson even played alongside Westbrook in the backcourt at times, particularly in late-game situations, so he should continue to be an important piece for the Thunder, even if he doesn't enter the season as the starter. The fourth-year guard rebounds well for his position, and his stellar free-throw percentage (89%) from last season is worth noting too, but it's still hard to get too excited about Jackson's fantasy outlook, given he's at best the fourth option on offense behind Kevin Durant, Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka. Nonetheless, given Westbrook's recent injury history, Jackson has some added appeal attached to his name after proving he can handle the starting point guard role just fine in 2013-14.
Jackson showed some decent offensive potential in the Thunder's playoff run. He took most of Westbrook's minutes and averaged 15.3 points in the team's last nine playoff games. The third-year guard hit just 21.4 percent of his 3-pointers against Memphis, but was 12-of-14 from the free-throw line. He should inherit Kevin Martin's role and possibly be a late-round flyer in terms of points, free throw percentage and assists for fantasy teams.
Jackson was considered one of the better true point guards in the 2011 draft, and this season he might actually get a chance to play. Last year, he spent some time in the D-League, but when on the court for OKC, he showed excellent quickness and athleticism. Foremost, however, he must improve his shot - just 32.1 percent from the field last season - to overtake Eric Maynor as the backup to Russell Westbrook.
The 24th overall pick out of Boston College, Jackson could develop into the primary backup to Russell Westbrook. Eric Maynor serves that role at the moment, but the Thunder isn't married to Maynor, and Jackson was considered one of the better true point guard in last year's draft. His progress will be interesting to watch, but, at least to start the year, don't expect him to get off the bench much.
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Scores 26 in loss
GDetroit Pistons
April 22, 2019
Jackson produced 26 points (9-20 FG, 5-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes during Monday's loss to Milwaukee.
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Hands out eight dimes in loss
GDetroit Pistons
April 20, 2019
Jackson tallied 15 points (6-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt), eight assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 119-103 loss to the Bucks.
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Improved effort in loss Wednesday
GDetroit Pistons
April 18, 2019
Jackson tallied 18 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 120-99 loss to the Bucks.
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Makes little impact in loss
GDetroit Pistons
April 15, 2019
Jackson totaled 12 points (6-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt), five assists, one rebound and a steal over 22 minutes in the Pistons' loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
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Drops 21 in win
GDetroit Pistons
April 10, 2019
Jackson finished 21 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven assists and four rebounds across 25 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Knicks on Wednesday.
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